Changing Places recognises Essex leisure centre as Assisted Facility

Changing PlacesChanging Places hope to achieve 1,000 installations soon. Image: Clos-o-mat installed facility

 A leisure centre in Essex has been praised and recognised by the Changing Places Consortium as an Assisted Facility.

Basildon Sporting Village was given the accreditation after it installed state-of-the-art access solutions following a £9,500 investment from Essex County Council.

The council has announced that it is looking to make public facilities across the county accessible to all.

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Run by Everyone Active, the leisure centre renovated an existing disabled toilet and installed new facilities alongside.

Dick Madden, county councillor told the Echo: “These facilities make a huge difference to the accessibility of Basildon Sporting Village and I am delighted we were able to support such an excellent project.

“We are committed to ensuring people with disabilities can enjoy the same leisure opportunities as everyone else and are pleased to have helped fund a number of Changing Places across Essex.

“The improvements make it possible for a higher percentage of the community to visit the centre and they also mean it is listed on the Changing Places website, so anybody trying to find accessible facilities will be signposted there.”

Meanwhile, Garry Firth, centre manager, told the newspaper: “The investment in facilities has been most welcome and we support every effort to help more people lead an active life style. Now Changes Places has given the centre formal recognition, I hope more people with a disability will come along and enjoy the incredible facilities and services on offer.”

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